Thursday, December 20, 2012

Christmas Greetings

Kathryn, Dara, Crissie, and Trudi wish you all a  Happy and Peaceful Christmas,
& a Creative New Year!

Thank you to everybody especially our volunteer helpers and friends who supported the Gallery throughout the past year.

TRASNA III  will run until 3rd January

The gallery opening times for the holiday season are as follows:

Friday 21st and Saturday 22nd December……….. open 12 – 4pm

Thursday 27th, Friday 28th and Saturday 29th  December  ………… open 12 – 4pm

Monday 31st   December  ………open 12 – 4pm

Tuesday 1st January 2013 Closed

Wednesday 2nd and Thursday 3rd January …….open 12 – 4pm

Friday 4th January the gallery will be closed 

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

The Courthouse Gallery like to thank all artists who submitted work to the Trasna III exhibition and made it a great success!

The Courthouse Gallery invites you to
Trasna III
Opening Reception
 & Christmas Party
With Silent Auction
December Fri 7nd at  8pm

Trasna III 
an exhibition of postcard-sized works by national and international artists continues until January 4th 2013

Following the overwhelming success of Trasna I and Trasna II, the Courthouse Gallery are delighted to be bringing to your attention Trasna III small artworks, exhibition, which promises to be the best yet!

With more than 400 original small artworks, from your favourite local, national and the occasional international artist, this is a wonderful opportunity to purchase artworks for loved ones in the upcoming festive season.

Drawing, painting, sculpture, and mixed media artworks, from country sketches to contemporary photoworks, there is something for everyone.

To encourage you to share in this event there will be a wine reception and a humorous auction on the opening night Friday 7th at 8pm. Members of the public are invited to come early and place an opening bid on their favourite pieces before the auction, the gallery will be open from 7pm.

The pieces will be auctioned by Chris Wallis and Sarah Fuller
There is a reserve price of €40 on each work, giving people the chance to have something truly original on their walls at this accessible price. This is a silent auction, meaning artists are anonymous until after works are purchased.

The exhibition will run on until January 4th, giving the public a chance another chance to view this wonder captivating exhibition and chose the perfect gift for someone they love, including themselves!

In keeping with the community spirit, upstairs, in the Red Couch Exhibition Space there will on display a patchwork quilt made by the Irish Aid Development Sewing Class.
In this work the participants reflect on the importance of water in the lives of the people of Pemba Island, Tanzania and Ennistymon, Co.Clare. At the heart of the project was a focus on ethical choices that make the world a fairer place to live. This patchwork quilt made by a voluntary group of women in Ennistymon is called ‘Uisce’ and illustrates scenes from both communities.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Noland Folk and Twin Headed Wolf

The Gallery
presents and invites you to

Noland Folk 
Twin Headed Wolf

Friday, November 23rd at 8 pm

Having parted ways due to extreme musical similarities, NoLand Folk members, past and present, are now re-united to form the definitive folk supergroup. For one night only, they will join forces with the ethereal Twin Headed Wolf, whose transcendent harmonies belie their sinister themes and raw sound.

€5 at the door.
All proceeds go to the Lahinch town twinning association.

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Something of the Night

Something of the Night paintings and a sculptural installation by

Mary Noonan and Peter Burns

From 2 November – 29 November 2012

Official opening 2 November at 8 pm

Peter Burns makes paintings and objects in a variety of materials. The paintings have sculptural elements and the objects are strongly linked to the practice of painting.
Peter says about his work: ‘I have a very tactile and experimental approach to my work. In the paintings chunks of old dried oil paint are often attached to the canvas while in other areas paint is scraped off to reveal underlying layers. The objects are made using ephemeral materials such as wax combined with found objects. They are painted, small in scale and often fragile. In the paintings people are shown in relation to nature and the universe. Small figures and animals exist and roam in painted worlds. I make sculptures of heads defined by their individual personalities. Other objects play with scale and have elements of landscape. The inspiration for these works originates in my interest in literature, art history, myth and allegory amongst other things’.
His work has been described as rhizomatic, suggesting an organic practice, growing through a gradual accumulation of marks and taking myriad forms, producing works without a definite beginning or end.

Mary Noonan employs a variety of working methods, though most of her work is drawing based. The body of work she shows in the Courthouse Gallery comes from research into Irish folklore and superstition relating to “fairy-faith”, particularly from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. The materials and processes she uses such as tearing and cutting the paper become a metaphor for psychological aspects of uncovered narrative. The work is informed by the uncanny and, explores varied themes including myth, allegory and storytelling.  It forms a continuous dialogue referencing not only past work but also memory, place and mortality. November traditionally seen as the month of the dead provides the backdrop for the work shown in this exhibition.


Hunger / Lullaby / Melancholia

Official opening : Friday 2 November at 8 pm

Carles Casasín  -  Animations

Hunger / Lullaby / Melancholia
 Nov 2 Nov 29,  2012

About the Animations:
My animations are allegories set in an imaginary world where fantasy and reality merge like in dreams. The atmosphere is charged with psychological undertones. The recurring goat man represents the animal side of human nature, our primary instincts gradually fading from our genetic make up.
To create my images I work with oil paintings, watercolours, ink, charcoal and pencil drawings, oil pastels, crayons, digital drawing, photography and Photoshop. Carles Casasín.  Carles is living in Ballyvaughan, Co Clare.


Entropical an exhibition of paintings by Rupert Bagwell
In the Red Couch Space
From 2 November – 29 November 2012
Official opening 2 November at 8 pm

Rupert Bagwell’s work for this exhibition was initiated by an interaction with the ideas of emptiness and balance and taking them as reference points during the creative process.

The exhibition and the images are presented with working titles as descriptions. The thought behind this is to allow ideas of fixity to remain outside the presentation and let a primary sense of fluidity emerge from the work.

Rupert Bagwell lives in Liscannor, Co. Clare and is a studio artist at the Courthouse Gallery in Ennistymon.

Friday, October 26, 2012

“Je ne Sais Quoi”

The Courthouse Gallery will host
“Je ne Sais Quoi”
A series of French Evenings
Continuing on  Tuesday 30th October 2012 @ 8 pm
 with “Paris, je t'aime”
  €3 on the door includes a glass of wine.

The aim is to watch a movie, and afterwards have an informal discussion in French with a glass of wine.

'Stories In Clay'

'Stories In Clay' , a ceramic project by third year art students of Scoil Mhuire,  
in the Gallery
 Friday 26th Oct at 6.30pm.
All welcome

Congratulations to the Third year Art Class in Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon who  exhibited their artwork ‘Stories in Clay’ in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Dublin on Sat 13thOctober. The exhibition showcased work by 29 of the 80 schools nationally who were awarded funding for their projects from the Creative Engagement NAPD committee in 2012.
The exhibition was officially opened by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deehihan. This is the first time that Creative Engagement has held a national exhibition and it is a very prestigious event.
Minister Denehan had high praise for the students’ ceramic sculptures. The students explained the concept of their work to the minister. The five large clay vessels, with sculptural detailing illustrate the stories ‘The Salmon of Knowledge’, ‘The Children of Lir’, ‘An Glas Gaibhneach’, ‘Tír na nÓg’ and a Polish folk tale ‘The Dragon of Krakov’. Twenty six Scoil Mhuire students took part in the project which was funded jointly by the NAPD Creative Engagement and the Clare Arts Office and took place under the direction of their art teacher Mary Fahy.
It was a highly educational and thoroughly enjoyable project. The students wish to thank the NAPD, the Clare Arts Office, their principal, Seosaimhín Uí Dhomhnalláin,  art teacher MaryFahy and all who helped in any way with the project. Special thanks to Bairbre Geraghty for the use of the kiln for firing the sculptures and to our caretaker John Hayes for his help in transporting them.
This is the third ambitious art project in Scoil Mhuire that has benefited from both Creative Engagement NAPD and Arts Council funding. In 2010 the students of Scoil Mhuire performed a shadow puppet theatre show in the Courthouse Gallery with renowned Puppeteer Daragh Bradshaw, and in 2011 they held  an alumni art exhibition and series of workshops, also in the Courthouse Gallery. Thanks also to the staff of the Courthouse who regularly support our students in bringing their work to the wider community.
The ‘Stories in Clay’ sculptures will be officially launched in the Courhouse Gallery on Friday 26th October at 6.30pm. All are welcome, teas and coffees will be served on the night. An animated slide projection of the project will accompany the show.
This project was kindly supported by NAPD Creative Engagement, the Clare Arts Office and Scoil Mhuire, Ennistymon.
The students involved were as follows:
‘ TÍr na nÓg’ by Lauren McMahon, June O'Connor, Caoimhe Haran, Erin Flening, Nicole Mullane, Fiona Byrne-Boland and  Alice Creagh.
‘The Dragon of Krakov’ by Emma Waldron, Wiktoria Malicka, Rachel O'Brien and Fiona O'Brien.
‘The Salmon of Knowledge’ by Aideen Bonito, Aoife O'Gorman and Aoife Fitzgibbon.
‘An Glas Gaibhneach’ by Lily Donovan, Shannon Harriman, Katie Leigh, Chloe O'Looney, Rachel Meehan, Sarah O'Loughlin, Sarah -Mai O'Loughlin  and Aoife Rynne.
‘The Children of  Lir’ by Áine Mullane, Katie Considine, Katie O'Flaherty and Skye Stagno-Navarra.

 Pictured: Scoil Mhuire art students with Mary Henly NAPD Creative Engagement, Minister for Arts, Culture and the Gaeltacht Jimmy Denehan and the Chairperson of the NAPD.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

call for TRASNA III open submission

Dear Artists and friends of the Courthouse Gallery,

In December we will hold our third Trasna exhibition “Trasna III” in the main gallery of the Courthouse.
We will have an open theme and we cordially invite all artists, both established and emerging artists to submit max. 3 artworks through our open submission and submission is free.
The official opening will be on Friday 7th December with an auction and the reserve price will be €40 on each piece. 25% of the selling price will be donated to the running costs of the gallery the remainder to the artist.
Last year we had a great response to this exhibition which featured both national and international artists.

So anyone out there who is interested in submitting A5 size artworks or if you know an artist who would like to submit please encourage them to do  so.

How do I submit?

A5 postcard submissions from artists should be a maximum postcard size 20 x 15 cm in any medium.
You can submit maximum 3 artworks
All artworks need to include Title & Name of the artist, Telephone and E-mail address on the back of each piece.
Please include also a self addressed envelop with stamps if you want us to send the work back when it is not sold.
Deadline for submission is Thursday 29th November!

Please send us an email to request an application form to 
and both should be mailed or hand delivered to:

Attn : Trasna III submission,
The Courthouse Gallery,
Parliament street,
Co. Clare.

Trasna III and Christmas Party in the Courthouse Gallery
Friday 7th December at 8 pm
Trasna III  exhibition will run from 7th December to 4th January.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Nights In Shanaglish

Wednesday 24th October @ 8pm
A preview of
“Nights In Shanaglish” DVD, LP, CD, and transcriptions booklet

Nights in Shanaglish are a group of local performers, musicians, storytellers, and singers in North Clare / South Galway including the following:
 Susan Fogarty (fiddle), Séamus Keehan (whistle). Niall Finnegan (guitar and vocals). Joe Kearney (vocals). Colie Moran (banjo) Brian O'Halloran (vocals). Mary Noonan (vocals) Vincey Keehan (guitar, mandolin, vocals, and lilting)
 Others include: Anthony McGrath (guitar and vocals) Paddy Egan (concertina and dance) Rosie Keehan (vocals) and Paul O'Driscoll (double bass)

 Paddy Egan and Vincey Keehan are the directors of the project.

8 pm -  preview of the Film “Nights in Shanaglish” (Gallivanting Media) with an introduction by the directors of the project -  Paddy Egan and Vincey Keehan.

At 8.30pm, question and answer session about the documentary for 5 minutes.

9.45 - a performance with some of the musicians from the recording, along with friends of the project from the group "Los Paddys de las Pampas".
No admission charge
From a review of “Nights in Shanaglish” by Tony Lawless (from Tony Lawless's Blog)
Nights in Shanaglish continues a recent trend of live recordings that take place in non studio environments such as kitchens, churches and village halls.  Ideas that have germinated in the minds of musicians over a quiet pint or phone conversation finally take shape and come to fruition.  This is one such idea, and what an inspired one it is.  The idea of live music from a well known pub is not so new.  However in this instance the musicians involved have  sought to really capture the essence of a live session, portraying as it does rural life in Ireland.  For anyone that has been to one of these more rounded sessions you will know that they are not simply gatherings of purists playing only traditional music.  The best ones incorporate a lot more.  Their guiding ethos is one of raw, down to earth traditional Irish music, songs, stories and recitations. Nights in Shanaglish also steps beyond the simple CD format and is a full multimedia project which consists of a gatefold vinyl, a DVD documentary on local history and folklore, interviews with local people, footage of the natural landscape as well as the live recording in action.  The idea came from Vincey Keehan and Paddy Egan, regulars at the sessions in Whelan's Pub in Shanaglish, south Galway where the recording took place. It is therefore a community project involving many local people from south Galway and north Clare and has been independently directed and produced by Vincey and Paddy.
 (Tony Lawless)

Friday, October 12, 2012

“Je ne Sais Quoi”

The Gallery will host
“Je ne Sais Quoi”

A series of French Evenings
Starting  Tuesday 16th October 2012 @ 8 pm

The aim is to watch a movie, and afterwards have an informal discussion in French with a glass of wine.

 We will begin with “Amelie”,  with Audrey Tautou 
  €3 on the door includes a glass of wine.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

All Ireland Poetry Day

Salmon Poetry in the gallery
to Celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day 2012
Thursday October 4th at 7.30pm
Free event
In association with Poetry Ireland, Salmon Poetry invites you to celebrate All-Ireland Poetry Day 
Poets reading on the night are:

Peadar O'Donoghue
Afric McGlinchey
Paul Casey
Angela Patten
Daniel Lusk

Afric McGlinchey whose debut collection, The lucky star of hidden things, was published by Salmon earlier this year. Afric grew up in Africa and now lives in Co. Cork.  "Afric McGlinchey belongs to an endangered species: she sees the world through the eyes of her soul."  Paul Durcan

Paul Casey whose debut collection, home more or less, was also published by Salmon this year.
"Paul Casey is a truly international poet whose work is informed by languages from Irish and French to those of Africa, and his experiences of that continent enormously enrich this book. His creatively homeless imagination enables him to respond to his themes innovatively and with great formal variety; beyond that, a linguist's ear, his sharp mind and wide-open heart make 'home more or less' a collection that truly merits international attention."  Ian Duhig

Peadar O'Donoghue, author of Jewel (Salmon, 2012). Another debut collection, from the editor of the Poetry Bus Journal.
"I'm amazed by [this] book. Stark nihilism, bittersweet, interspersed with incandescent lyricism."  John Wakeman

Angela Patten, author of Reliquaries (Salmon, 2007), was born and grew up in Dublin but now lives in the United States where she teaches at the University of Vermont.
"Poetry asks of us what we yearn for deeply-to be present each moment. Angela Patten's poems speak to that yearning. She is able to weave the accurate feelings that accompany large and small incidents. And she is able to summon the sheer texture of realization and bafflement, that bittersweet dance that even death does not undo..." Baron Wormser

- Daniel Lusk hails from Iowa in the United States and now lives in Vermont. He is author of Lake Studies: Meditations on Lake Champlain and Kissing the Ground: New & Selected Poems (Onion River, 1999) (see Books).  He is currently taking part in a reading tour of Ireland with his wife Angela Patten.

All are welcome to attend this All Ireland Poetry Day reading.  Please join us!

Sunday, September 30, 2012

A Public Seminar with Nessa Cronin and the X-PO mapping group

A Public Seminar on Community Mapping
with the X-PO Mapping Group

and Nessa Cronin  

on Monday 1st Oct…. 8 – 10pm.

In the Gallery

Dr. Nessa Cronin, Lecturer and Co-Director, MA in Irish Studies
In 2003 Nessa Cronin did her doctoral research in Irish Studies at NUI Galway. Her doctoral thesis, The Eye of History: Spatiality and Colonial Cartography in Ireland (2007), focuses on the visual and linguistic construction of the modern Irish map through a critical examination of four key moments in Irish cartographic history.
Research interests:
My work is concerned with the interdisciplinary study of issues relating to the social, cultural and political production of space and place in Irish society. Research from my doctoral work centred on the visual and linguistic construction of the modern Irish map, through a critical examination of four key moments in Irish cartographic history. My current research project on Irish Literary Geographies is embedded within the Ómós Áite and Mapping Spectral Traces research networks and seeks to critically examine the role and importance of place and regionalism in contemporary Irish culture and society. This engages with questions as to how individual and national identities, cultures and communities, ground themselves and construct their sense of place in a world that is becoming increasingly globalised, contested, and is sometimes perceived as being ‘placeless’.
 Nessa Cronin

 The seminar will take place in the Gallery where the Exhibition ‘The Full Story? Is currently showing.

Nessa Cronin Selected Publications

‘Ireland after Tara?: National Legacies and Changing Landscapes of Celtic Tiger Ireland’, in Ireland: Myth and Reality, edited by Irene Gilsenan Nordin, Reimagining Ireland Series (forthcoming, Berlin: Peter Lang, 2012).
‘Geographies of Hunger: Colonialism and the Political Economy of An Gorta Mór’, Dialogues in Human Geography (forthcoming, 2012).
‘Lived and Learned Geographies: Literary Landscapes and the Irish Topographical Tradition’, in Irish Contemporary Landscapes in Literature and the Arts, pp. 106-118 edited by Marie Mianowski (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011).
‘“The Sea of Orality”: An Introduction to Orality and Modern Irish Culture’, Nessa Cronin, Seán Crosson, John Eastlake, Anáil an Bhéil Bheo: Orality and Modern Irish Culture, edited by Nessa Cronin, Seán Crosson and John Eastlake (Newcastle-Upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2009), pp. 3-14.
‘Gaining Ground and Mapping Time: A Cartographic Response to William J. Smyth’s, Map-making, Landscapes and Memory: A Geography of Colonial and Early Modern Ireland’, Journal of Historical Geography, 2008, Vol. 34, No. 1, pp. 148-52.
“Disciplinary Ghettoes”: Irish Studies and Interdisciplinary Negotiations’, Journal of Nordic Irish Studies Network, 2007, Vol. 6, pp. 1-16.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Full Story?

The Full Story?
Tracing Kilinaboy Townlands

The X-PO Mapping Group
Brendan Beakey, John Kelleher,
Deirdre O’Mahony, Francis Whelan, Sean Whelan

Sept 28th – Oct 25th

Official opening by Fr. Denis Crosby on Friday 28th Sept. at 8pm

The Mapping Group have been meeting on a weekly basis from September to May since the X-PO space opened in 2007. During that time they have traced the history of human occupancy as shown on maps, in documents and in the ruins of houses, ‘cabhails’ and castles of Killinaboy Parish. The present exhibition represents the culmination of their research; a combined re-presentation of documentation of the names of the householders of Killinaboy Parish for the past 150 years approx. These names are sourced from the Griffith Valuation sheets of 1855, the subsequent cancelled Valuation Sheets and from local knowledge and folklore. The names provided may be the owners, occupiers or rated occupiers. In its combined form the exhibition marks an important stage in the group’s research into the townlands of Killinaboy.
There will be a Public Seminar in the Courthouse Gallery on Community Mapping with the X-PO Mapping Group and Dr Nessa Cronin, (NUIG) on Monday 1st Oct., 8 – 10pm

This exhibition has been kindly supported by the NUIG Centre for Irish Studies, GMIT, X-PO and  Clare County Arts Office.

In The Red Couch Space


An exhibition of paintings 

by Grace O’Sullivan
Sept 28 - Oct 25

Offical opening Friday Sept 28th at 8pm            

Ever wondered why the apple is such a strong symbol in our society… the Garden of Eden has a lot to answer for.
The story of Adam and Eve establishes a way of thinking about gender that advocates disparity and has left its mark globally on gender identity down through the ages. This way of thinking is encoded into society’s psyche so long now, that we can hardly identify the effect it has had on meaning, particularly what it means to be male or female.

Agreement is reached by consensus as to the meaning of ourselves and the things around us, and the meaning is continuously changing. The self is not absolute or fixed but is constructed over time through the repetition of visuals and words. The basic structure of the self is set down in childhood through observation. These observations build up an impression of how we should behave and where we fit in the power structures that form the glue of society. As we mature, this basic structure is continuously reinforced or challenged by what we see and hear every day.

This new exhibition of work is a result of a combination of the artist’s interest in the power of visual representation and religious belief systems, as well as a fascination with signs and symbols, myths and illusion which are important elements in the work to create layers of meaning. At the core of the exhibition is the argument that by portraying groups repeatedly in a certain way, either positively or negatively, the group may be sufficiently influenced to behave accordingly. The work is an attempt to interject in the everyday, causing the viewer to consider, question and reflect.

                                                   Grace          O’Sullivan graduated from the Limerick School of Art and Design in 2006 with a BA in Graphic Design and this training is evident in her painting where the idea is everything and colour palette is minimalist. She went on to complete an MA at MIC/University of Limerick in Media and Communication in 2008. Her MA thesis was an analysis of newspaper visuals and was presented at the International Communication Association Conference in Chicago in May 2009. This study has had an enormous influence on her photography and painting. Grace has exhibited work in group shows throughout Ireland and had her first solo show last year in The Ivy House in Dublin.

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Friday 21st Sept.  in the gallery - free event

Culture Night / Film Night

Fungie 4 min
Fungie…as Gaeilge
 Filmed and edited by Carles Casasin

Loophead Studio
Twilight 2000 -7 min
Filmed and directed by Naoimi Wilson
In TWILIGHT we are drawn into a magical world where discarded objects and beach debris take on a life of their own. A flotsam and jetsam fairy dance is disturbed and all hell breaks loose. Beautifully filmed using real objects with a complex textural soundtrack.

Rehy Fox 2002 -6.5 min
Adapted from a tale told by Marty Keane from West Clare
Directed and animated by Naoimi Wilson
Sound and music by Brian Doyle
An ancient tale from the Loop Head peninsula about a fox who outwits all those around him. Told in drawings made of local sand

Among Strangers 2005 -11 min
Director/Writer/Animator – Naoimi Wilson
Producer Nessa King, Metropopitan Films
On a beach in the 1920's a young boy sneaks into an old fisherman's hut and encounters the magical world of the 'selchie' or grey atlantic seal. Based on a true story and told in drawings made of beach sand - the place where the world of the land meets the world of the sea...

An Cailleach Bheara 2007-  8 min
Director/Writer/Editor –Naoimi Wilson
Cailleach Bhearra was dependent on this one thing... every 100 years she must return to the water, for as soon as ever she bathed herself, her youth was renewed and she became again a young girl... filmed using pixilation and time lapse techniques with large puppets on location... treated to look like old scratched footage, AN CAILLEACH BHÉARRA attempts a poetic treatment of an ancient myth...

Sphere – 3.12min
Hoji Tsuchiya
A man working in office and he going to travel during the his work time.
Also another animation piece by Hoji Tsuchiya
Animation Works

Tides of Change - 25 min
'Casadh na Taoide' / 'Tides of Change'  by Ken O'Sullivan 
 from theTG4 series called 'Farraigí na hÉireann' -   Sea Fever Productions
 The film is 25 minutes long and examines the changing nature of our relationship with the sea and it’s creatures from the original subsistence coast folk of 9,000 years ago and the traditions they have handed down, to the ‘super-trawler’ fishing fleet and the current state of our oceans

at 8.30pm
Lay There Little Baby  - 8 mins.
Lay There Little Baby'  film with Paddy Mulcahy.  
Fergus Tighe 
Gallivanting Media

West Cork -5 min
West Cork is set at St. Gobnait’s monastic site and is based on the poem West Cork - Gobnaits' Bed ; Rag Tree ; Holy Well  by the late Seán Dunne
Filmed and edited by Carles Casasin
Voice and original soundtrack by Mick O'Riordan
Produced by Tony Kirby of Kilnaboy

Ollie Age Seven - 2.30 min
'Ollie Age Seven'.a film by James Skerritt 
 This is a short film about surfer Ollie O'Flaherty as his seven year old self talks about the winter ahead.

Three Instrument Makers -14 min
‘Three Instrument Makers’  a short film made by Packmule Films  documenting three  instrument makers Paul Dooley, Davy Spillane and Martin Doyle who live and work in North Clare
Packmule Films
Dylan Phillips
Marcus Campbell  

Circus Man. -12min
Tom Duffy has travelled the roads of Ireland with his family circus  since the day he was born. His ancestors have made the same journey  since 1789. 'Circus Man' moves through Tom's memories as he fights to stay on the road.The film subtly explores his world, as thoughts of tradition, family,  home and his ailing body occupy his mind..Circus Man presents a unique insight into the curious and enduring  world of traditional circus."
Twopair Films 
Jill Beardsworth and Keith Walsh

A Room in Air - 22 min
In the summer of 2010 poet and visual artist Frank Golden left the Auxiliary Workhouse in Ballyvaughan
where he had lived for over a decade. He wanted to mark his departure from this stark and still resonant space.
He decided to make a film.
When the space itself had been fully prepped Golden cast the film, co-opting the talents of seven local actresses, Theresa Leahy,
 Aja Daly, Marie Flanagan, Judith McGann, Jenny Morton, Tamar Keane, and Dympna Hyland.
A ROOM IN AIR, which runs to 22 minutes, is in two parts. The first part is contemporary, the second a symbolic re-enactment. The film explores the R way in which the famine proved to be a psychic and emotional fault line for Ireland and its people. It suggests that the implosion of society which occurred during the famine, and the institutionalisation which was initiated through the workhouses had a lasting impact.
Writer – Frank Golden
Filmed by Fergus Tighe

Break ….

at 9.45pm
Melodious Conversation  -1min
The poetry of a conversation with the melody played on violin mimicking the human voice.
Josie O'Connor

Blowing Ribbons -2 min
The piece is entitled Blowing Ribbons by Fiona O'Dwyer

The Road of Souls - 18min
The Road of Souls' is about a moment in time that captures the imagination of an eleven year old boy. The story follows Patrick as he discovers a stranger in his life has more to offer than he first thought. Set in County Clare in the 1950's, the film is a charming tale of childhood memories and the moments that we remember forever. The cast is lead by 11 year old Emmet O’Doherty who shines as Patrick

Patrick – Emmet O’Doherty
Rory Dubh – Michael Keane
Patrick Senior – Peter Daffy
Mary – Maura Clancy
Voiceover – Pat Costello
Director – Garret Daly
Writer – PJ Curtis
Producers – Garret Daly, PJ Curtis
Sound – Carl Mullan
Camera Assitants – Robert Murray, Lorna Gargan
Camera – Garret Daly
Mixed Bag Media